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Kim Conatser

Library Media Specialist

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Educational History:

  • I have spent my entire school career in Nashville, AR School District starting at The Little Red School House for my kindergarten year.  I graduated from Nashville High School in 1981.
  • From there I went to college at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR.  I graduated from there in Dec. 1984 with my Bachelor of Science in Education Degree.  I have a double minor in Early Childhood Education and Middle School Math.
  • I later took a few graduate classes at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR; however, when Southern Arkansas University started a program for certification in Library Media I transferred down there to earn my Master's in Library Science.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • BSE in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Early Childhood Education (Pre-K--4)
  • Middle School Math (Grades 7-8)
  • MSE Library Media (Grades Pre-K--6)
  • MSE Library Media (Grades 7-12)
  • +18 Graduate hours in Counseling/Administration

Professional Development:

  • PET (Program for Effective Teaching)
  • Talents Unlimited
  • Great Expectations
  • Wright Group Whole Language Literacy
  • Math Their Way Training
  • Accelerated Reader Program Training
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Standardized Testing Meetings
  • Parent Involvement
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Ethics
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park - AR Content Standards Frameworks
  • Teaching the 5 Essential Elements Through Shared Reading
  • Word Processing for Math & Science Teachers
  • Dealing with Bullying
  • Teaching Geographic & Ethnic Diversity in the AR History Classroom (Elem)
  • Weaving Technology into Your Classroom
  • Writing to Read Training
  • Scholastic Book Fairs Trainings
  • Use Your Digital Camera to Enhance Your Curriculum
  • Using Arkansas Traveler
  • Using the Arkansas State Library Website
  • Using United Streaming
  • IDEA (Individuals with Diabilities Education Act) Training
  • Arkansas IDEAS (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas) Training
  • Arkansas Library Media Frameworks Committee
  • Introduction of New Library Media Frameworks & New Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks
  • Create a Class Newsletter
  • Spanish for the Classroom
  • Building Academic Vocabulary
  • Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
  • DMEC (DeQueen-Mena Education Cooperative) Librarian Meetings
  • DMEC Media/Teacher Center Committee Meetings
  • Geocaching
  • Making Good Things Happen - Bryan Townsend
  • Using PhotoStory in Your Classroom
  • You CAN Take It with You!
  • Moodle Workshop
  • Best Practices for Today's Elementary Library Media Specialists
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Pathwise Mentor Training
  • Music & Literacy Connection
  • Librarian Tested, Kid Approved - How to Incorporate Fun-to-Read Picture Books into our Standards
  • Characteristics of Highly Successful LMS (Library Media Specialists)
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Learning - Cloud Computing with Web Browser & Internet
  • Igniting a Passion for Reading - Confessions of a Reading Arsonist
  • Internet Safety Education
  • Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers
  • New Release Books from Junior Library Guild Your Students Will Love to Read
  • Reading...It's Not Just for Kids
  • Online Resources for Teaching AR History in the Elementary Classroom
  • "Target" Your SLEs (Student Learning Expectations) and "Hit" a "Bulls-Eye" with Your Lesson Plans!
  • Using Flip Cameras in the Classroom
  • "I Can" Lady - Mamie McCullough
  • Battle of the Books Meetings
  • Pathwise Recalibration
  • Gatekeeper Training
  • So Many Books, So Little Time!
  • Edmodo, Schoology, & Moodle, Oh My!
  • iPads & iPod Touches - How to Use Them to Prepare for CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
  • SmartBoard Training
  • Computing in the Cloud
  • Thank You Google!!!
  • Do You Have a Story to Tell?
  • Trends in Library Services and Programming
  • ADE (Arkansas Department of Education) Update: What School Librarians Should Knowe About the Common Core Standards
  • Current Arkansas Diamond Book Awards Nominees
  • Follow the Road to Storytelling & Dress for the Ride!!
  • Courting the Muse - author, Sarah Weeks
  • Glogster:  Better Than PowerPoint
  • Follett Shelf & eBooks
  • Destiny User Group
  • Faces of Washington - author, Carla Killough McClafferty
  • Follett Destiny Library Automation Training
  • Charlie May Simon & Arkansas Diamond Award Books
  • Common Core: Navigating the Big Shifts for Librarians
  • I CAN Do That Online?
  • When Reading Is Hard:  Why Students Need Strategy Instruction
  • That's Impossible...Isn't It?
  • Online Resources for Research
  • Tools for Engagement
  • TESS (Teachers Evaluation and Support System)
  • TESS Training for Library Media Specialists
  • Touchdown TESS! for Librarians
  • Revised K-12 Library Media Curriculum Frameworks
  • Meddling Mama's & Proud Papa's:  What to do...
  • Picture Books - Science
  • Short & Sustained Research K-5
  • Virtual Field Trips (Symboloo App)
  • So Many Picture Books, So Little Time!
  • Doing What Works:  Literacy & Teaching Strategies for the Next Level
  • K-5 Text Dependent Questions
  • Dyslexia Awareness Training
  • ESL/ELL Training
  • Gabbart Communications School WebsiteTraining
  • Talking Techie with Techies - CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) Training
  • Makerspaces (STEM) in the Library
  • Conferences attended:  AECA (Arkansas Early Childhood Association), ARA (Arkansas Reading Association, ArLA (Arkansas Library Association), AASL (Arkansas Association of School Libraries), AAIM (Arkansas Association of Instructional Media), Children's Services Workshops for Arkansas public and school librarians

Current Position:

  • Once a Scrapper, Always a Scrapper -- I started teaching kindergarten at Nashville Primary School in 1986 and taught 12 years until 1998.
  • Next, I taught 1 year (1998-1999) in Second Grade at NPS.
  • Then, I became the Library Media Specialist where I have the privilege to teach Kindergarten - Third Grade at NPS (1999-now).

Previous Position:

  • I taught kindergarten my first year (1985-1986) in Camden, AR at Harmony Grove Elementary.
  • Since I was a teenager I have always worked with children either babysitting or at church in Sunday School, Nursery, Children's Church, or our Missionette Girls' Group.
  • I remember playing "School" with my dolls and stuffed animals as a little girl.

Family Information:

  • I have been married to Dewey (a wonderful man that God sent into my life) for 31 years (1988-now).
  • We are blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Samantha and Staci. Both went through Nashville School District and on to college.  Samantha graduated from SAU in Magnolia, AR and earned her Master’s degree from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, AR.  She married the love of her life, Adam and became a 2nd grade teacher in Mineral Springs, AR.  They have a 4 year old son named Sawyer and are expecting a baby girl in April.  Staci graduated from HSU in Arkadelphia, AR with a major in Social Science 7-12 (History) and a Minor in Music (Vocal).  She enjoyed being in the HSU Concert Choir. She is now teaching World History for Southpike County School District at Murfreesboro High School campus.
  • I do not have any pets at my house right now.  Samantha, Adam, and Sawyer have lots of dogs.  They also have cows and 2 horses. Staci has a cat named Lou Lou at her house. In the past I have had dogs, cats, fish, and guinea pigs.  I enjoy getting to "pet sit" for my family and neighbors when they go out of town. My neighbors have dogs and cats/kittens. They have also had fish, hermit crabs, turtles, and a hedgehog!

Personal Information:

  • I use to keep busy with my daughters' school activities - band and choir concerts, competitions, football games, and Winterguard trips. Also, church activities kept me on the go - Junior Bible Quiz; Kid's Camp; Youth Camp, Lock-ins, Rallies, and Trips; Missionettes' sleepovers; Fundraisers; Outreaches (Wild West Fun Fest); etc.  Now that those activities have slowed down, I have fun hanging out with my grandson, Sawyer.
  • Some of my hobbies are watching TV and movies, hanging out with my girls, fishing with my husband, and collecting moose.
  • I'm just starting to appreciate and learn how to use some of my mom's many sewing machines.
  • I would love to camp and travel more (maybe when I retire.)

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